With tuition fees an added financial burden on many families, the cheaper living costs of the northern part of the country may well be an attractive prospect. Apart from this, many of the northern universities have courses ranked in the top ten nationally. Often with modern facilities and access to great culture and nightlife, they regularly feature highly in student satisfaction surveys, as well as demonstrating good graduate prospects and a high percentage of students completing their courses with a 2:1 degree or higher.
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Below are some of the top performing Northern Universities:
With a campus at the heart of a lively and cosmopolitan student city, famous for its arts and culture, sport, shopping and nightlife, Newcastle has a strong reputation for innovation and excellence across a range of subject areas. Subjects ranked in the top ten include agriculture and forestry, architecture, French, marketing, creative writing, communication and media studies and philosophy. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 160.
Consistently ranked as one of the top ten UK universities. Durham is a collegiate university, and the third oldest in England. Many subjects are ranked in the top ten. These include English, chemistry, math, music, law, computer science, sports science, history, politics and computer science. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 190. Over 90% of students attain a 2:1 or 1st in their degree.
Russell Group University, founded in 1963, is home to over 16,000 students from more than 140 countries – 24% of students come from outside the UK. Rated consistently highly by students. Great business school facility. Subjects ranked in the top ten include chemistry, English, history and history of art, architecture & design. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 157.
Leeds has one of the largest student populations in the UK. Subjects ranked in the top ten include accountancy and finance, food science, geology, medical technology, Art & Design and Business & Management Studies. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 164.
Teesside is a friendly, modern university based in the heart of Middlesbrough in North East England. The university has recently invested more than £270m in its campus and facilities and offers a range of courses and study options. It is ranked in the top ten for medical technology. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 117.
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Northumbria University is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 143. Over 75% of students attain a good honours degree and graduate prospects are at over 75%, meaning its rankings have gone up in recent years. Ranked in the top ten for Librarianship & Information Management.
A Russell Group university founded over 100 years ago. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 157. Graduate prospects are at over 80% with over 80 per cent of students achieving a good honours degree. Ranked in the top ten for town and country planning, civil engineering, architecture, history, communication & media studies, politics and optometry, ophthalmology & orthoptics.
Ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. Of its 35,000 students, 8,000 travel from across the world to study at the university. They have opened a campus in China, as well as one in London. Graduate prospects are at over 85%. Ranked in the top ten for archaeology, nursing, chemistry, occupational therapy and veterinary medicine. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 145.
One of the largest single-site universities in the UK, with 40,000 students. A Russell Group university, it is ranked in the top 30 universities in the world. Ranked in the top ten for dentistry, sociology, nursing, music, German, Italian, drama, dance & cinematics, as well as pharmacology & pharmacy. The average UCAS points score for entrants is 168.
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